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January 9, 2012
Annual Sing for King concert features local soloists The city of Laurel and the Laurel Clergy Association will present the fifth annual Sing for King celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 15000 First Baptist Lane (off Cherry Lane just west of Van Dusen Road). The free celebration marks the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the eve of the King holiday. The celebration will feature the Sing for King Choir performing works by Mack Statham, a Laurel composer and organist at First United Methodist Church.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
A red-faced state trooper hardly acknowledged Harry Belafonte before a 1967 performance at the University of Baltimore during heat of the civil rights movement. After the show, part of a tour with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an envelope from the trooper awaited the famous black calypso singer and activist at the front desk of the fieldhouse. Inside were six bullets and a letter. "After having met and heard Dr. King and you, I will never fire a weapon ever again," Belafonte said the trooper wrote.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
A red-faced state trooper hardly acknowledged Harry Belafonte before a 1967 performance at the University of Baltimore during heat of the civil rights movement. After the show, part of a tour with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an envelope from the trooper awaited the famous black calypso singer and activist at the front desk of the fieldhouse. Inside were six bullets and a letter. "After having met and heard Dr. King and you, I will never fire a weapon ever again," Belafonte said the trooper wrote.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
HBO's Martin Luther King miniseries is going to have a strong Baltimore flavor with David Simon confirming Wednesday that he will be involved in the project based on the books of Baltimore author Taylor Branch. Deadline.com first reported Simon's involvement in the project as speculation today, with Mike Fleming Jr. writing , "I'm hearing that David Simon , the architect of the HBO series The Wire, Homicide and most recently Treme , will spearhead the HBO six-hour miniseries adaptation of America: In The King Years , based on the celebrated book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
HBO's Martin Luther King miniseries is going to have a strong Baltimore flavor with David Simon confirming Wednesday that he will be involved in the project based on the books of Baltimore author Taylor Branch. Deadline.com first reported Simon's involvement in the project as speculation today, with Mike Fleming Jr. writing , "I'm hearing that David Simon , the architect of the HBO series The Wire, Homicide and most recently Treme , will spearhead the HBO six-hour miniseries adaptation of America: In The King Years , based on the celebrated book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 9, 2014
"I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. " --  Martin Luther King Jr., Feb. 4, 1968 Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are hard up for money. That must be why they keep selling off pieces of his legacy. Have you heard the latest? King's youngest child, Bernice, issued a statement last week after her brothers, Dexter and Martin III, filed suit to force her to turn over their father's Nobel Peace Prize and his traveling Bible.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 3, 2011
Once upon a long time ago, a tired man faced an audience of public workers. They were on a wildcat strike, demanding the right to bargain collectively and to have the city for which they worked automatically deduct union dues from their paychecks. The city's conservative mayor had flatly refused these demands. "You are doing many things here in this struggle," the tired man assured them. "You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. " Too often, he said, folks looked down on people like them, people who did menial or unglamorous work.
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April 5, 2006
The Maryland Memorial Tribute to Mrs. Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Lu ther King Jr. combined speeches, music, poetry, film and prayer in an event Sun day at Anne Arundel Community College. The event, which also marked the 38th anniversary of the Rev. King's assassination, helped raise $5,000 toward a memorial to the couple planned on the college's Arnold campus.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2013
She'd never seen a presidential inauguration in her life, or wanted to, but on Jan. 20, 2009, Nathasa Werts braved bone-chilling weather and a crowd of more than a million people for a trip to Washington. The nation had just elected its first black president, after all, and Werts, an African-American mother of three, finally felt a part of the process. "Our ancestors were slaves, and that's an ugly past, but that election told us we have the power to turn all that around," the Pikesville woman recalled.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun staff | September 3, 2006
When a coalition of Atlanta business leaders and philanthropists pledged to purchase 7,000 pages of the private papers of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in June for $32 million, its efforts were hailed by many as a step toward preserving an important chapter of American - and Atlanta - history. The collection, which was headed for the auction block at Sotheby's, serves as a virtual timeline - for the civil rights movement, the turbulent 1960s and King's personal life. The agreement, which lets Morehouse College house the documents in a library it shares with three other schools, spared the papers from possible purchase by a private collector.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 9, 2014
"I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. " --  Martin Luther King Jr., Feb. 4, 1968 Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are hard up for money. That must be why they keep selling off pieces of his legacy. Have you heard the latest? King's youngest child, Bernice, issued a statement last week after her brothers, Dexter and Martin III, filed suit to force her to turn over their father's Nobel Peace Prize and his traveling Bible.
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By Jack C. Hill | January 20, 2014
As an English teacher, I've always enjoyed the pleasures of reading; specifically, the writings of 19th and 20th century martyrs and confessors who used eloquent narratives and folklore to tell stories of their rags and redemption. But my reading never quite prepared me for the task of reflecting on my personal experience with a particular martyred leader from which my own life, faith and view of the world would be deeply affected. I grew up in Baltimore and was raised by a single mother who believed that storytelling and faith was all that mattered.
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January 17, 2014
This schedule will be in effect Monday, Jan. 20: Government offices Closed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Frederick counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Courts Closed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Frederick counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Libraries Closed in all jurisdictions. Public schools Closed in all jurisdictions. Trash Regular service in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties and in Annapolis.
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By Jesse Jackson | December 22, 2013
Pope Francis is displaying an extraordinary style and passion that demands our attention. He addresses the needs of the poor, embraces outcasts, and loves those on the margins of society. In this recent "apostolic exhortation," The Joy of the Gospel, the pope raises a moral challenge to both his church and the world. Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Pope Francis calls upon people of faith to "go forth" to preach and practice their faith. "I prefer a church," he writes, "which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy for being confined and from clinging to its own security.
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September 4, 2013
As we celebrate the 50 t h anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, it becomes ever more obvious that years of big government attempts to mandate racial equality have failed ( "Anniversary March on Washington shows Dr. King's 'dream' remains unfulfilled," Aug. 28). In his speech, King was driven by his morality and his service to a divine cause. He dreamed of a future in which all God's children were equal, and of a time where white, black, yellow, brown and red would have a dignity not based upon the color of their skin, but upon the goodness and purity of their divinely formed character.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
Your editorial on the 50 t h anniversary of the March on Washington contains many historical and statistical distortions ( "Unfinished business," Aug. 27). The Birmingham march led by Martin Luther King in 1963 deserves righteous indignation, but the editorial overlooks the compelling case made by Ann Coulter in Demonic that the march was unnecessary and opposed even by staunch Birmingham supporters of the civil rights struggle. The struggle largely had been won in the courts and at the ballot box. Birmingham Police Chief Bull Conner, for example, had been voted out of office.
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August 27, 2013
The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was the largest political rally ever held in the nation's capital up to that time. More than 200,000 people from across the country - black and white, young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican - assembled peacefully on the National Mall to demand that a century after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, America finally live up to its promise of equal opportunity and justice for all...
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December 27, 2009
On December 19, 2009, WARREN G. BARBER, SR., beloved husband of Darcus Barber. On Monday, friends may call at VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES (RANDALLSTOWN), 8728 Liberty Road from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. On Tuesday, services for Mr. Barber will be held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial UMC, 5114 Windsor Mill Road, where the family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:00 A.M. with services to follow. Inquiries to 410-655-0015.
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By Jules Witcover | September 1, 2013
A striking contrast between the 1963 March on Washington and Wednesday's 50th anniversary celebration of it (and of Martin Luther King's historic "I have a dream" speech) was the visible unity and nonpartisanship of the first and the scarcity of both in the second. In the voices the other day of three Democratic presidents -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama -- and of not a single prominent Republican leader, past or present, the program seemed at times more a self-congratulatory Democratic rally.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
Road closures in Baltimore connected to the Grand Prix will continue throughout the Labor Day weekend, with more streets shutting down Thursday. To accommodate the 2-mile race course near the Inner Harbor, these roads will be closed beginning at various times starting Thursday : Northbound Light Street between Key Highway and Pratt Street will close at 9 a.m. Southbound Light Street between Key Highway and Pratt Street will close...
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